Men Among the Ruins is Evola's frontal assault on the predominant
materialism of our time and the mirage of progress. For Evola and other
proponents of Traditionalism, we are now living in an age of increasing
strife and chaos: the Kali Yuga of the Hindus or the Germanic Ragnarok.
In such a time, social decadence is so widespread that it appears as a
natural component of all political institutions. Evola argues that the
crises that dominate the daily lives of our societies are part of a
secret occult war to remove the support of spiritual and traditional
values in order to turn man into a passive instrument of the powerful.
is often regarded as the godfather of contemporary Italian fascism and
right-wing radical politics, but attentive examination of the historical
record--as provided by H. T. Hanson's definitive introduction--reveals
Evola to be a much more complex figure. Though he held extreme
right-wing views, he was a fearless critic of the Fascist regime and
preferred a caste system based on spirituality and intellect to the
biological racism championed by the Nazis. Ultimately, he viewed the
forces of history as comprised by two factions: "history's demolition
squad" enslaved by blind faith in the future and those individuals whose
watchword is Tradition. These latter stand in this world of ruins at a
higher level and are capable of letting go of what needs to be abandoned
in order that what is truly essential not be compromised.